Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Squirrels Ate Them

WASHINGTON — The White House said Wednesday that it may have lost what could amount to thousands of messages sent through a private e-mail system used by political guru Karl Rove and at least 50 other top officials, an admission that stirred anger and dismay among congressional investigators.

The e-mails were considered potentially crucial evidence in congressional inquiries launched by Democrats into the role partisan politics may have played in such policy decisions as the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

The White House said an effort was underway to see whether the messages could be recovered from the computer system, which was operated and paid for by the Republican National Committee as part of an avowed effort to separate political communications from those dealing with official business.

"The White House has not done a good enough job overseeing staff using political e-mail accounts to assure compliance with the Presidential Records Act," White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said in an unusual late-afternoon teleconference with reporters.

As a result, Stanzel said, "we may not have preserved all e-mails that deal with White House business."

He refused to estimate how many e-mails may have been lost, but the system was used by dozens of officials for more than six years.

"This is a remarkable admission that raises serious legal and security issues," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is investigating the role of electoral politics in administration policymaking. "The White House has an obligation to disclose all the information it has."

@ The LA Times.

Marvelous isn't it? How things conveniently disappear when needed, luckily nothing ever leaves a computer.

A subpoena for all RNC computers from all the WH staff that use them is in order here.
The information is still in the hard drives somewhere but retrieval must be done by persons knowledgeable in the recovery of data from hard drives. By demanding the computers be turned over for analysis it would reveal exactly who is telling the truth.

It is not just an exercise in Congressional authority, it is a matter of national security as Sen. Waxman has stated. Data vital to the functioning of the Government has been compromised.

Confiscate the RNC computers now, before they too come up missing.


micki said...

China's LARGE AIRCRAFT Program Gains Momentum: When Will it Take Off?

micki said...

Albino squirrels are thought by some to be a source of good luck. The Albino Squirrel Preservation Society was founded at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Olney, Illinois, is home of the world's largest known albino-squirrel colony. Kenton, Tennessee, is home to about 200 albino squirrels. Brevard, North Carolina, also has a substantial population of white (not albino) squirrels. Western Kentucky University has a locally famous population of white squirrels. Exeter, Ontario in Canada is known for having non-albino white squirrels, believed to be the result of a genetic mutation in the early 20th century.

micki said...

Hey, Den...maybe they did eat the emails! They were trained in Texas! See above...

micki said...

Excerpts of 1974 interview with Kurt Vonnegut

Hey, Carol, check this out...

micki said...

McCain's Support for War is Risky, but Necessary

a.....recent poll of 1,503 Americans showed that 67 percent of Republicans thought the situation in Iraq was going well, compared with 36 percent of independents and 24 percent of Democrats. He said that figure did not leave a lot of room for an antiwar Republican.

67%???!!!!!!!!! Oy.

DEN said...

Start stacking the dead in that 67%'s living rooms, they might think again.

How freaking stupid can they be?




Alan said...

Soldiers to get longer tours in combat zones

3 months are tacked on to year deployment to help Army meet troop increase

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Wednesday that all active-duty soldiers currently deployed or going to Iraq and Afghanistan would have their tours extended from a year to 15 months.

The announcement is an an acknowledgment that such a strain on the war-weary Army is necessary should the ongoing troop increase be prolonged well into next year.

The decision — coming just three months after President Bush put forth his new security plan for Iraq, including the deployment of at least 28,000 additional troops there — suggests that the new strategy is unworkable without introducing longer tours.
more at the link

Alan said...

I know y'all have prolly seen this. 'Course McCain is still saying it's all good and safe over there. dumbazz!

Blast rocks parliament in Baghdad's Green Zone

BAGHDAD — A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in the Iraqi parliament cafeteria today, killing at least eight people in a stunning assault in the heart of the heavily fortified, U.S.-protected Green Zone.

The blast came hours after a suicide truck bomb exploded on a major bridge in Baghdad, collapsing the steel structure and sending cars tumbling into the Tigris River, police and witnesses said. At least 10 people were killed.
Have y'all seen a picture of that bridge? I'm not sure if you would see the same thing I do on my "Welcome Page" when you go to ""... but there's a picture of it, along with more that you click through.

Alan said...

Speaking of I've been meaning to tell you guys to check it out on Fridays. See if y'all have access to the same quiz that 'we' do as AOL'rs. It's pretty cool. Micki, you've taken it, right? There's like 5 catagories you go through quickly, all on 'recent events'. There's "facts that figure", "who said this?", "real or fake headlines", stuff like that.
I'll remind y'all again tomorrow.

micki said...

President bush strongly condemned the attack, saying: "My message to the Iraqi government is 'We stand with you.'"

Hmmmm...might be better if you just left, george.

carol said...

Thanks for the Vonnegut thing, Micki.

DEN said...

The Weezle on the Baghdad bombing:

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the Baghdad security plan was in its early stages and "we have said there will be good days and bad days".

Early stages? WTF? How long have we been there?

There has NOT been any good days since this stupid war began!!

No more WAR!! STOOPID!!

DEN said...

I met the aunt of number 3291 today. I was sitting in seat 11E and a flight attendant gave me a note from a woman in seat 33C: “My nephew was killed in Iraq yesterday. I would like to meet you.”

Seat belt light or not, I headed back toward the rear of the airplane. We held each other and she said: “What can I do? My brother was in the Army and he initially supported the effort. Yesterday, he made a sign with a picture of his son saying: ‘Murdered by George Bush.’” I prayed for the Universe to give the families strength yesterday as I do everyday our soldiers are killed, as I pray for the Iraqis and their families who are also murdered unnecessarily. I don’t often get to meet the people I pray for in such a timely manner.

Four of our brave and abused troops were killed in King George’s escalation of the conflict in Iraq. Ten over the Easter weekend while George was hiding out at his ranch in Crawford. George Bush and his bloody gang of war-bandits have caused so much pain and heartache in the world without so much as a blink of the eye. Number 3291’s aunt recounted how she heard her sister ‘screaming for her son,” on the other end of the phone. Number 3291’s family is just beginning to realize the true meaning of broken heart and betrayals.

Cindy Sheehan @ Common Dreams.

carey said...

Wow Den. I hadn't read or heard anything about the "lost" emails. Boy, they just keep digging a deeper and deeper hole.

All of this has the makings of a Greek comedic tragedy.

carey said...

I'm having some computer problems. That interview with Kurt Vonnegurt was nicely revealing, Micki.

At least know I'm reading the blog. Posting's been problematic but it's on my end.

carey said...


carey said...

I'm sure you all noticed this. The coverage of the fourth anniversary of the fall of the Saddam statue was mythologized by mainstream media, again. They have fully aknowledged the original coverage was rose-hued. They did it all over again.

We just don't learn.

The Saddam Statue-Toppling, Four Years Later

Jon Wiener

The lead editorial in today's New York Times states that, four years ago this week, "as American troops made their first, triumphant entrance into Baghdad, joyous Iraqis pulled down a giant statue of Saddam Hussein." There's one problem with that statement: it's not true. "Joyous Iraqis" did not pull down the Saddam statue in Firdos Square; US marines did.

The New York Times four years ago reported that "thousands" of "ordinary Iraqis" took part in the statue-toppling. The Washington Post ran a Reuters report describing the scene at the statue-toppling as "reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989," when tens of thousands participated. Those reports also were false. The most straightforward account of the event appeared a few weeks later in The New Yorker, where John Lee Anderson described it: "in the traffic circle in front of the hotel, a statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down by soldiers in an armored personnel carrier." Anderson made no mention of thousands of joyous Iraqis. ("The Collapse," April 21, 2003).

On "Nightline" on ABC-TV, Robert Krulwich also provided a more realistic report two days after the statue-toppling: "On television, the crowd gathered around statue seemed, well, big. But on TV, framing is everything. Widen the frame of this scene and look. It's kind of empty in the foreground. Now, pull back further, this is about three minutes after the statue fell. And that big celebration seen all over the world wasn't really very big. Pictures on TV can deceive, same with pictures in the paper."

The New York Times editorial today called the statue-toppling "powerful symbolism" – but what exactly was being symbolized? What looked like Iraqis hailing Americans as liberators was in fact a phony photo-op staged by the American military. The New York Times fell for it four years ago, when others were already skeptical; at this point, four years later, the Times editors ought to get the Iraq story right.


Out of The Notion.

carey said...

Micki and all,

This eloquently explains why I got so upset at Imus and the whole kitten caboodle.

NBC Cans Imus

....When Imus called the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" (in comparison to Tennessee's "cute," white team) he was not just making "some idiot comment meant to be amusing" (as he now claims) or even furthering "a climate of degradation" (as Jesse Jackson puts it), he was engaging in the old, American, racist project of abjecting and regulating black woman's sexuality. "Racist slur" or "stereotype" does not quite cover it, for this ideology is not just a matter of sports banter or drive time radio, it's intrinsic to US history and public policy.


MSNBC had no choice. No choice. They're not standing up for decency. It's still the bottom line clearly. But yahoo for that!!!

Finally something. Something to feel good about.

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- The Notion?

carey said...

Dr. B,

The Notion is The Nation's blog.

The Notion

carey said...

Rootie toot-toot! Micki's so right....

NO!!! Ron Paul is wrong. The greatest threat facing the world is global warming.


She got an "A" for that didn't she, Dr. B?

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- A+

Unrelated, T. rex is related to chickens...

carey said...

Thanks for the stuff on "Step Up" scheduled for Saturday.

We've been pretty busy with tests etc. at school.

You chickens?? Brandon will get a kick out of that.

DEN said...

CBS kicks Imus to the curb".

micki said...

I thought Dr. B might be pulling our leg bone -- but, nope, T. rex is related to chickens!

micki said...

Q: What did the chicken say to T. rex?

A: You're egg-stinct.

micki said...

Gosh, I crack myself up sometimes.

micki said...

Shocking New Disclosure - White House Lost over FIVE MILLION EMAILS in Two Year Period

Man oh man. Those email-eating squirrels must be stuffed!

David B. Benson said...

You know how I feel about squirrels...

David B. Benson said...

Even albino, e-mail eating ones...

micki said...

You know how I feel about squirrels...

Squirrel Defamation League

David B. Benson said...

The only good squirrel is a dead squirel.

Sign me up, I want to join...